The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta is set to reap a massive financial “Wind”fall.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta has received a substantial gift from the estate of Margaret Mitchell’s nephew, Joseph, including a 50 percent share of the trademark and literary rights to “Gone With the Wind.”
The estate of Joseph Mitchell included a multi-million dollar bequest to the archdiocese and the donation of his home on Habersham Road in Atlanta.
The Most Reverend Archbishop Gregory has already earmarked some substantial funds from the gift for major projects within the archdiocese, including:
$1.5 million to Catholic Charities Atlanta for its immediate use and an additional $2 million to create an endowment fund for the social services agency to address its long-term need for sustaining income.
The archbishop has also asked the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia to create an endowment fund for each parish, mission and Catholic school of the archdiocese with a $10,000 gift apiece from the Joseph Mitchell estate, totaling over $1 million.
I now feel no guilt about not participating in the Archbishop’s Appeal for 2010, 11 or 12.